The Venice Seminars 2020 analyzed if communities are given or constructed and examine the role language, recognition and alterity have for the shape of communities. The Seminars addressed issues concerning global intellectual history and study how modern nation-states have engaged with issues of difference and integration, including the themes of subnational identities and linguistic, ethnic and religious minorities in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
- A response to Adam Seligman and David Montgomery’s “The Tragedy of Human Rights”
- In China, leaders fear elections, even at local level. But democracy is not just about elections and China is experimenting with non-electoral mechanisms of political participation, such as deliberation and sortition. Can such mechanisms help to secure social cohesion in China?
- As the EU’s big powers are focused on responding to the health and economic emergency, Kaczyński’s PiS pushes to hold an unprecedented mailbox election
- The Crown Prince may be soon called to relpace his old father and lead the Kingdom. But there are also growing signs of his vulnerability.
- Democracies may be devastated by emergency governance, but crises are also moments of collective learning, says the LSE’s professor of politics and author of a “prophetic” book on the “Politics of Last Resort”.
- Bratislava’s People’s Party has exploited widespread disilussion and frustration with corrupt politics to enjoy an electoral boom. Besides loud-speaking, there are core policy reasons behind such success.
- As Beijing grows increasingly assertive in world affairs, two peripherical territories expose its legitimacy dilemma. But the Western liberal democratic model is equally in crisis, prof. Seán Golden argues.
- In the late 20th century most of the center-left parties in the West moved to the center on economic questions that opened up the way for new parties: populist right-wing parties and green parties that robbed the left of its distinctive historical role and profile.
- The centrist extremism of Angela Merkel’s reign has reached its end and a new political course will soon emerge in Germany. The country must reach decisive conclusions on topics such as finance, defense, immigration, technological and energy autonomy. What future for the largest economy in Europe?